On 21st November 2012 Stewards informed Mr. Michele Famiglietti by hand delivered letter that the greyhound Voo Doo Tewin had shown the presence of Amphetamine from the urine sample taken at the Greyhound racing SA meeting held at Gawler on Tuesday 9th October, and that the greyhound Miss Lily Rose had shown the presence of Amphetamine from the urine sample taken at the Greyhound racing SA meeting held at Angle Park on Thursday 11th October and that he would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.
The reserve portions of the urine samples were tested and the presence of AMPHETAMINE was confirmed.
Mr Famiglietti was advised of the analysts results on Wednesday 12th December 2012 and is required to attend an inquiry at the offices of Greyhound Racing South Australia Limited, 55 Cardigan Street, Angle Park on Monday 21st January 2013 at 11.00am, together with any witnesses that may assist for an inquiry by the Stewards into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine samples.
The inquiry commenced on Tuesday 5th February 2013 due to Mr. Famiglietti failing to attend on Monday 21st January 2013. At which time Mr. Famiglietti applied to the stewards to have Mr. Brian Deegan attend the inquiry as his legal representative. Stewards approved the request.
After taking evidence from Mr. David Batty (Laboratory Director Racing Analytical Services Limited) and Mr. Famiglietti stewards were of the opinion that there was sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Famiglietti with breaches of the GRSA Rules Of Greyhound Racing R83 which reads:
R83 Racing greyhound to be free of prohibited substances
(2) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound-
(a) nominated to compete in an Event;
(b) presented for a satisfactory, weight or whelping trial or such other trial as provided for pursuant to these Rules; or
(c) presented for any test or examination for the purpose of a period of incapacitation or prohibition being varied or revoked
shall present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance.
(3) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound presented contrary to sub-rule (2) shall be guilty of an offence.
(4) A greyhound presented for an Event contrary to sub-rules (1) or (2) shall be disqualified from the Event or any benefit derived from a trial or test.
Mr. Famiglietti pleaded not guilty to the charges and Mr. Deegan requested an adjournment. The inquiry was adjourned until 2.15pm on Tuesday 19 February 2013. A further adjournment was given until Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 10.00am.
On Wednesday 27 March 2013 stewards took further evidence from Mr Famiglietti and submissions from Mr Deegan, subsequently Mr Famiglietti was found guilty of both charges previously laid. After taking into consideration submissions on penalty, Mr Famiglietti was disqualified for a period of eighteen months on the first charge, and disqualified for 2 years on the second charge. Both penalties are to be served concurrently, and will come into effect Midnight Wednesday the 3rd April 2013.
Stewards acting under GAR rule 83(4) disqualified Voo Doo Tewin as the winner of the Pets Tucker Stakes Division 2 run at Gawler on the 9th October 2012 resulting in the amended placings.
1 DYNA BERTA
3 TERMINATOR GUNN
Stewards acting under GAR rule 83(4) disqualified Miss Lilly Rose as the winner of the Sky Racing Stakes run at Angle Park on the 11th October 2012 resulting in the amended placings.
1 LUCY’S MOMENT
2 CAWBOURNE JET
3 BUSTED BIRD
4 CAREY BALE